An unexpected gift!
Friends of YCS
closer to fulfilling dream
donation to "YCS Big Camp" fund
On July 16th, Howard
Spierer, Guy Prandstatter and Ken Bosland, presented YCS President Richard
Mingoia and Robin Peck, co-executive director of the YCS Foundation,
with a check from AT&T, Inc. for $250,000. This donation is
designated for the eventual purchase of a year-round
camp/retreat for children in YCS therapeutic residences and foster homes.
To date, the group has raised
approximately $447,000 and is a quarter of the way towards
reaching their goal
of $2 million.
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On behalf of all the volunteers, Firefighter Joe Sehl accepts a commendation from Bergen County Chairman, James M. Carroll as Bergen County Sheriff Leo P. McGuire (r) looks on.
The temperature was soaring, but that didn't deter more than 20 volunteers from the Wallington Fire Department and the Bergen County Sheriff''s office from visiting children at the Holley Center for a Christmas in July celebration. They arrived on motorcycles and firetrucks with Santa Claus (fireman, Joe Sehl) and arm loads of hand wrapped gifts. The children learned about fire safety and hosed down a simulated smoking house that was built by the volunteer fire fighters.
Firefighters and police officers surprise children
with Christmas in July
Children in YCS residence discover their creative abilities|
with Arts Horizon summer program
Holley staff learn how to make some crafts so they can assist the artists and work alongside the children.
Every morning for five weeks, 15 children at the Holley Center explore their artistic side while crafting dolls from colorful yarn, beading bracelets, designing picture frames and more with artists-in-residence from Arts Horizon. The non profit arts education organization, based in Englewood, has designed a program for the children that provides art and drama instruction three hours each day. Fridays are devoted to cultural field trips. Through this program the children are gaining a knowledge of their unique creative identities. According to Alex Seidler, YCS site administrator, the chldren's art work is inspiring. He is constructing shelves so that the artwork can be displayed at Holley's Family Fun Day in August. Funding for this project was provided by grants made to Arts Horizon.
Eight Girl Scouts from Troop #197 in Glen Rock found a great way to help out young children in their town and support YCS. They set up a three-day arts camp for children in grades 1 to 4 at the Glen Rock Library. The camp was free, but parents were asked to make a contribution to YCS for children in its residential care. The camp was a great success and the Scouts received a bin-full of in-kind donations of toys, games and other items in need.
Girl Scouts brought bags filled with toys, games and other items to the YCS Foundation.Girl Scouts ingenuity earns them Silver Award
for helping their community
while raising funds for YCS residences